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Old Dominion University will host two open houses Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3-4, to provide an overview of the American Maglev demonstration project, slated to begin construction on campus in late spring.

The forums will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday and from 8-10 a.m. Wednesday in the Portsmouth Room of Webb University Center. Facilities management staff will give a brief presentation and will be available to answer questions.

Old Dominion will be the site for the transit system using "maglev" technology -- short for magnetic levitation --
connecting the existing campus with areas of new development east of Hampton Boulevard. The system will use
specially designed vehicles that glide on an electromagnetic cushion on an elevated guide way.

The project is a unique partnership between Old Dominion University, American Maglev Technology, the commonwealth of Virginia, the federal government and Dominion Resources/Virginia Power. Under the partnership, Old Dominion is the lead research university, with Lockheed Martin designing the vehicles and guide rails and Dominion Resources/Virginia Power providing power equipment, site power and other services.

This article was posted on: April 2, 2001

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